It Hurts So Good

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"It Hurts So Good"
Single by Millie Jackson
from the album It Hurts So Good[1]
A-side It Hurts So Good[2]
B-side Love Doctor[2]
Released 1973[2]
Format Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Single[2]
Genre Funk, Soul[2]
Length 3:07[2]
Label Spring Records[2]
Writer(s) Phillip Mitchell
Producer(s) Brad Shapiro

"It Hurts So Good" is a song written by Phillip Mitchell, and first recorded in 1971 by Katie Love and the Four Shades of Black on the Muscle Shoals Sound label.[3][4] That version was not a hit, and the song was later recorded more successfully by Millie Jackson, whose 1973 recording was featured in the blaxploitation action film Cleopatra Jones. Hit versions were also recorded by Susan Cadogan, and Jimmy Somerville, in both cases as "Hurt So Good".

Cover versions[edit]

Millie Jackson[edit]

Millie Jackson's recording charted at #24 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #3 on what was then called R&B Singles.[5] It was used as the title track of her second album, It Hurts So Good.

Susan Cadogan[edit]

Susan Cadogan released a reggae cover version of the song later that year called "Hurt So Good", which featured bassist Boris Gardiner and the Zap Pow horns.[6] It was released to little effect in Jamaica on Perry's new 'Perries' record label, but was released in the UK by Dennis Harris's DIP International label, and topped the UK Reggae Chart. Magnet Records picked up the single and it went on to reach the top 5 of the UK Singles Chart,[7] with Cadogan flying to London to promote the single, including a television appearance on Top of the Pops.[8]

"Hurt So Good"
Single by Jimmy Somerville
from the album Dare to Love[9]
A-side Hurt So Good[10]
B-side Love You Forever/Been So Long[10]
Released 1995[10]
Format CD, Maxi single[10]
Genre House, Downtempo, Synthpop[10]
Length 3:52[10]
Label London Records[10]
Writer(s) Phillip Mitchell[9]
Producer(s) Jimmy Somerville, Matt Rowe, Richard Stannard[10]

Jimmy Somerville[edit]

"Hurt So Good" is the third single from former Bronski Beat lead singer Jimmy Somerville. It charted at #15 on the UK Singles Chart in 1995.[11]

Other versions[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Artist UK Billboard
Singles Chart Reggae Chart Hot 100 R&B Singles
Millie Jackson 24[5] 3[5]
Susan Cadogan 4[13] 1[6]
Jimmy Somerville 15[11]


  1. ^ "It Hurts So Good (album)". Discogs. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "It Hurts So Good". Discogs. 
  3. ^ Katie Love and the Four Shades of Black at Retrieved 13 February 2014
  4. ^ "It Hurts So Good" at Retrieved 13 February 2014
  5. ^ a b c "Millie Jackson US chart history". Retrieved 2013-04-13. 
  6. ^ a b "Susan Cadogan: Hurt So Goog". Shazam. 
  7. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 89. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  8. ^ Larkin, Colin (1998). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Reggae. Virgin Books. ISBN 0-7535-0242-9. 
  9. ^ a b "Dare To Love". Discogs. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h "Hurt So Good". Discogs. 
  11. ^ a b "The Official Charts Company - It Hurts So Good". The Official Charts Company. 5 May 2013. 
  12. ^ "Luminites Perform Hurts So Good By Millie Jackson". Most Watched Today. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  13. ^ "The Official Charts Company - Hurt So Good by Susan Cadogan Search". The Official Charts Company. 6 May 2013.